Tuesday 9th February

Cathal Black, film-maker

Film-maker Cathal Black talks about his latest film “Butterfly”, his back catalogue, the Irish film industry and being the subject of a career retrospective at the Irish Film Institute

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Thursday 4th February

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Gavin Burke review “Dad’s Army”, “Trumbo” and “Strangerland” 

Wednesday 3rd February

Michael Kinirons, writer of the film "Strangerland"

Irish writer Michael Kinirons talks about his screenplay for the film “Strangerland” starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes

Wednesday 27th January

Film reviews

Sarah Griffin and Chris Wasser review “Spotlight”, “The 33” and “Youth”

Tuesday 26th January

Tom McCarthy, director of "Spotlight"

Tom McCarthy, director of the film “Spotlight” which tells the story of the investigation by reporters at the Boston Globe which exposed the widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the Boston diocese

Thursday 21st January

Film reviews

Eithne Shortall and Brian Lloyd review “The Big Short”, “Our Brand Is Crisis” and “The Assassin”

Wednesday 20th January

"Born and Reared", a documentary about men in post-conflict Northern Ireland

Director Henrietta Norton and director of photography Dan Dennison talk about their documentary “Born and Reared”, set in Northern Ireland 21 years after the first ceasefire and addressing issues of male identity post-conflict

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Monday 18th January

Alien invasion films

Chris Wasser on the history of alien invasion films

Friday 15th January

Galway, UNESCO City of Film

Film-maker Sean McAllister explains his documentary “A Syrian Love Story” which over 5 years charts the journey of a Syrian family from their homeland to a new life in France and director of Galway UNESCO City of Film Declan Gibbons explains the plans for film in the city for the coming year

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Element Pictures celebrate success of their film "Room"

Evelyn O’Rourke visited the Dublin offices of Element Pictures where there is great excitement over the four Oscar nominations for their film “Room”



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